Say Om! – Wanderlust announces the world’s first and only “mindful triathlon,” which includes a stop in New Orleans.
The producer of the largest yoga lifestyle event in the world, Wanderlust — in partnership with adidas — has revealed the springtime North American dates and locations for Wanderlust 108, the world’s first and only “mindful triathlon.” Anchored in large public parks around the world (in New Orleans, it takes place at Scout Island in City Park on April 1), the unique triathlon consists of a five-kilometer run (or walk), a large-scale, outdoor yoga class and a guided meditation led by the world’s top teachers. There will also be music from live DJs and an array of surprises throughout the day. New for this year, Wanderlust will also feature a scheduled class — such as AIReal Yoga, acro yoga, hooping, walking meditation, photography workshop, DJ academy, Essential Oils 101 or an extra community yoga experience from favorite local teachers at The Haven (a brand-new, tented venue). Attendees can also choose from bonus field games that will be offered afterwards, or they can visit The Lounge to relax and watch inspiring videos from Wanderlust TV.
There will also be the Kula Marketplace, which will showcase local craft vendors (including clothing, jewelry and handcrafted items). Local and organic food vendors also will be on site, as well as Wanderlust’s signature True North Cafe & Juice Bar, and a Kombucha garden. Or choose the picnic lunch option, the Wanderbowl, which is a Mexican-inspired vegetarian meal of rice, beans, cheese, avocado and mango-lime-cilantro salsa, plus snacks and a beverage.
MC Yogi will be ringleader at the event, and high-energy yoga classes will be taught by Chelsey Korus. Noah Levine from Against The Stream Meditation Society will lead the meditation portion of the triathlon, and DJ Drez will spin the tunes.
In case locals can’t make the event in NOLA, additional nearby tour dates include April 8 (Charlotte, N.C.); April 9 (Atlanta); and April 15 (Dallas). Tickets start at $21. wanderlust.com/108-events/new-orleans
Walk for a Cause – New Orleans welcomes participants in this month’s Walk MS.
Multiple sclerosis — an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body — affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. The good news is that advances in research and treatment are leading to a better understanding of the disease. This year’s Walk MS is expected to raise more than $1 billion to further the cause.
Walk MS: New Orleans takes place March 18 at Audubon Park, with more than 900 people expected to participate this year — raising more than $99,000 to add to the pot. This is an excellent opportunity for those living with MS, and those who care about them, to connect, join together and be inspired in a community-wide event. walkms.org
Maria’s Pick: Best Foot Forward – A new, innovative foot and ankle clinic debuts on the Northshore.
According to the Illinois Podiatric Medical Association, 75 percent of Americans will experience foot health problems of varying degrees of severity at one time or another in their lives. For those with diabetes and arterial disease, infection and amputation are real risks that need to be addressed. Sadly enough, Louisiana has the fifth highest percentage rate of those in the population who suffer with diabetes. The new Restoration Foot Specialists podiatry clinic, which recently opened in Hammond, specializes in foot and ankle treatments arising from complicated chronic diseases affecting the feet (such as diabetes and vascular conditions) to everyday issues (such as bunions and callouses). As such, the clinic aims to reduce the growing risk of toe and foot amputations.
“It is not normal for your feet to hurt,” says Maria Muro, publisher of New Orleans Living. “At the new Restoration Foot Specialists clinic, Dr. René Hymel — a Yale School of Medicine trained foot and ankle surgeon — offers the most up-to-date surgical techniques to improve patient outcomes and avoid amputation.” 42107 Veterans Ave., Hammond